Tai Yan Academy.
Chu Liuyue looked up and saw the five-story-tall library.
The golden words on the plaque shone brightly under the sun.
“This is the library.” Elder Mo Cang stood next to Chu Liuyue. Even though he also didn’t like Chu Liuyue, he was still sent over as Cheng Han did not wish to see her.
Upon seeing the two of them, the two young men in the academy’s uniform bowed respectfully. “Greetings, Elder Mo Cang.”
Elder Mo Cang nodded and looked at Chu Liuyue with a cold expression. “For a period of time, you can borrow and read any books that you like in the library. Follow me in.”
Chu Liuyue did not mind his attitude and directly walked in.
The moment she walked in, she saw all sorts of books piled up on the shelves everywhere.
Rows of shelves were filled with books in the middle.
She quickly scanned her surroundings.
Elder Mo Cang stopped in his tracks and turned back to look at Chu Liuyue, but he didn’t see the expected shock in her eyes.
He coughed and emphasized, “This is the first floor that is filled with thousands of books related to warrior cultivation.”
Chu Liuyue calmly nodded.
Elder Mo Cang was even more annoyed. The variety of books in Tai Yan Academy’s library is as vast as the open sea. It is already very rare for an average family to have a few books on warrior techniques. Even aristocratic families would only have a few hundred books. However, we have tens of thousands of books here.
But Chu Liuyue did not have any reaction after hearing that. This made Elder Mo Cang feel stifled, and he couldn’t help but sneer. She’s just putting on an act!
“I heard that Tian Lu Academy’s library has quite a few books. Even though it can’t compare to ours, they still have a few thousand books, right?” asked Elder Mo Cang in a seemingly unintentional manner.
Chu Liuyue nodded again. “Yeah, our academy doesn’t have many of the books here.”
Elder Mo Cang laughed delightedly. He was about to say something else, but Chu Liuyue continued calmly, “Mentor said: Even though the academy is big, we rather leave the spaces empty than place trash.”
Trash?! Does Chu Liuyue know what she’s saying?! Elder Mo Cang almost spat out blood. “Y-you’re saying all of this is trash?”
Chu Liuyue smiled slightly. “Please don’t misunderstand. I don’t mean that; I’m just saying that a portion of it is.”
“You!” Elder Mo Cang tried hard to suppress his anger as he hollered, “Chu Liuyue, you better be more polite! If you continue shooting your mouth, we’ll still chase you out even though you’ve taken first place in the Qing Jiao Competition!”
Chu Liuyue looked at him genuinely. “Elder Mo Cang, you’re really thinking too much. It’s not that I’m being disrespectful, but many of the books here are really not worth keeping.”
As she spoke, she walked to the side and picked up a book. “Tiger-Wolf Punch, intermediate Yellow stage. Warrior techniques are divided into Heaven, Earth, Xuan, and Yellow. Every stage is divided into advanced, intermediate, and inferior. The yellow stage is the lowest tier, and it’s just at the intermediate stage, so it’s not worth mentioning. Usually, warrior techniques of this level should be given to stage-two warriors, right?”
Chu Liuyue’s lips curved up slightly. “But our academy only accepts warriors that are at least stage three, so our academy really doesn’t have such books.”
Elder Mo Cang was stumped.
Their academy had accepted many more students than Tian Lu Academy, so their corresponding acceptance standard wasn’t as high as Tian Lu Academy’s. Now, Tai Yan Academy had many stage-two warrior students.
Other than this, they loved collecting all kinds of books, so they had the most number of books amongst the three major academies. They had always been proud of this, but why did it suddenly become cheap when Chu Liuyue spoke about it?
“What do you know? Not only high-level warrior techniques are worth keeping! Our Tai Yan Academy keeps all sorts of books, and we aim to for it to be comprehensive!’”
Chu Liuyue smiled and did not say a word. If such a mere library is also considered as ‘comprehensive,’ I really don’t know how to describe my personal study from my previous life.
Seeing the smile on Chu Liuyue’s face, Elder Mo Cang felt even more uncomfortable for some reason.
Chu Liuyue didn’t say anything else, but he felt extremely embarrassed.
“This is just the first floor. You naturally won’t say this when you go to the higher floors.” He flung his sleeves, walked forward, and walked up the stairs.
Chu Liuyue’s eyebrows rose slightly. “I hope so.”
Elder Mo Cang stopped in his tracks. I knew I shouldn’t have come! This Chu Liuyue’s mouth can drive one crazy! She better not be too unruly during this period of time. If not, I’ll show her who’s boss!
The two of them went up to the second floor one after another.
The space here was as big as the first floor, but there were fewer books here. Instead, there were some books emitting a faint glow.
“Warrior technique books are also placed within these lights, but they’re much more advanced than the ones below.” Elder Mo Cang felt more confident. “There are many lone books that have been lost over the years, but it depends on your ability to open it.”
Those lights were corresponding barriers. Hence, the higher the level of the items inside, the stronger the defensive barrier.
According to Chu Liuyue’s ability, she might not even be able to open the warrior techniques in the Xuan stage, let alone the rest.
Chu Liuyue retorted, “You’re saying that I can read all of these?”
Elder Mo Cang sneered. “As long as you can, they’re all yours.”
Chu Liuyue seemed to be unable to tell the mockery in his voice as she smiled genuinely. “Your academy is really generous.”
Elder Mo Cang’s heart skipped a beat as he felt that something was off. He couldn’t figure out why after thinking for a while, so he just gave up.
He pointed upstairs. “Xuan formations are placed on the third floor, and medicine formulas are on the fourth. I still have something on, so I won’t bring you around. Just help yourself.”
He felt that he would be driven to death if he continued staying with Chu Liuyue.
Chu Liuyue didn’t mind it at all as she looked up and asked curiously, “Then… what about the fifth floor?”
Elder Mo Cang looked much more serious. “Only directors can enter the fifth floor. Even though you can freely borrow and read the books here for a month, it doesn’t include the fifth floor.”
Chu Liuyue nodded in understanding.
“I believe the books on the first four floors are enough for you. As long as you abide by the rules here, we won’t make it difficult for you. But if anything happens, don’t blame us for being harsh.”
Chu Liuyue smiled and acknowledged his words happily. “Don’t worry. I won’t spend much time here, so I won’t waste my time on anything else.”
Elder Mo Cang then relaxed and left after giving her a few reminders.
Very quickly, only Chu Liuyue was left in the library.
She stared at the light in front with one hand around her waist and another gently knocking her chin. “Where should I start…”